Report: Miley Cyrus ‘Embarrassed’ By Photo, Brewers

The Brewers made one of their smartest, if most predictable, moves of the season last Friday when they cut struggling reliever Derrick Turnbow from their roster. In eight appearances this season, Turnbow was 0-1 with a 15.63 earned run average. He surrendered 12 hits, 13 walks, and 11 runs in just 6 1/3 innings, and opponents batted a whopping .414 against him. Watching Turnbow pitch in 2008 had become the year’s second most cringe-inducing experience, just after watching Paula Abdul meander incoherently on American Idol.

Like American Idol‘s ratings, the outlook for the Milwaukee Brewers has fallen off sharply.

Thought by many (including me) to be the favorites to win the NL Central, the Brewers are just a notch above .500 after one month of play. And they’re moving in the wrong direction, with a record of 4-8 over the last two weeks. They’re in third place in their division, largely due to their losing record within the weak NL Central.

Even with the awful Turnbow gone, the Brewers’ pitching is about as distinguished as Dustin Diamond’s acting career. Now with the crushing news that Yovani Gallardo, their second-best starter, is likely out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, the 2-5 starters in Milwaukee’s rotation average a rotten 5.77 ERA. No one outside of Sheets has more than one victory. And except for Sheets, the Brewers’ rotation isn’t able to deliver quality starts, and the Brewers’ bullpen is becoming worse for the wear, a situation made worse by the fact the Brewers have played in more extra-inning games (seven) than any other team in the majors. And with one health scare already with Sheets, his starts have now become nerve-wracking stress tests as many fear that any pitch could be his last of the season.

The good thing about the pitching problems is they distract somewhat from the struggles that the Brewers have had at the plate this year. Teams stress patience early in the season as hitters work to find their grooves, but after a month of weak hitting, it’s definitely time for concern. The Brewers rank 25th in the major leagues in batting average and hits. While Ryan Braun has come alive of late, Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, Bill Hall, and J.J. Hardy all continue to disappoint. Weeks and Hall are especially frustrating, as Weeks’s .197 average makes him one of the worst lead-off batters in the league, and Hall’s 29 strikeouts make him one of the worst chasers in the league. Both are richly deserving of the boos that have become more commonplace at Miller Park this year than at any time in the stadium’s short history.

It was hoped that the reinstatement of Mike Cameron would give the Brewers’ lineup a wake-up call, but after a monster first game, Cameron has gone a sorry two for his last sixteen with seven strikeouts. Perhaps Cameron has been sucked in by the Brewers’ offensive woes, that, like Jerry Seinfeld’s car odor, are capable of destroying everything in its path.

If the Milwaukee Brewers, a  team built to win now, don’t soon get rid of their own funkified odor that has been following them around most of this season, count the jobs of manager Ned Yost, hitting coach Jim Skaalen, and pitching coach Mike Maddux also in danger of being destroyed.


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